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Win Or Lose Nancy Pelosi, We Only Say 'You Go, Girl!'

Updated on Mon, March 22, 2010 by Registered CommenterAnne

On rare occasions, good writing grabs us, clutching us tightly. This moment, the writing belongs to Carolyn Lochhead, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle Washington Bureau. Just in case any of you are not clear, this is US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s moment, not President Obama’s.

Pelosi says Rahm Emmanuel wanted her to back down, taking a smaller version of health care reform that she calls “kiddie care”.  Like Rep Bart Stupak and the Catholic bishops, Pelosi also has beliefs, as a devout Catholic.

Lochhead has given Pelosi the literary tribute she deserves:

In January’s darkest days, after Democrats had lost their filibuster-proof Senate majority, President Obama publicly hinted that he might vastly scale back his ambitions on health care, and top House Democrats all but declared the project dead. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said no.

“We will go through the gate,” she said. “If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we will parachute in. But we are going to get health care reform passed for the American people.”

Today, thanks largely to a San Francisco Democrat driven by a profound faith in Catholicism and in the ideals of the Democratic Party, Democrats stand on the brink of enacting a $940 billion health care overhaul that they have dreamed of but failed to achieve for more than half a century.

Pelosi is gambling everything on what is expected to be a razor-thin vote: her speakership, Obama’s presidency, and the political careers of Democrats in swing districts. Polls show the public deeply divided and tilting against the legislation.

To all the men who have said that women don’t have the right stuff, that we’re chickenshit when the chips are down, you take back your words. Win or lose, Nancy Pelosi makes a mockery of the argument that women can’t play hardball and with heart.

Win or lose, Nancy Pelosi, we’re proud of you. The President is quite frankly, your guy on the sidelines at this moment.

If you win, you’ll take a bow and pass him the baton. He’ll have the headlines. Either way, you’ve won for women.

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'Hubble 3D | IMAX Space Journey

Hubble 3D, an IMAX film released by NASA and which premieres in select cities today, adds a whole new dimension to space.

The movie will feature some of the Hubble telescope’s most famous and breathtaking images like the Eagle Nebula’s ‘Pillars of Creation’ or the Orion Nebula.

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David Brooks Is One Man Who Wants to Put American Women Back in the Kitchen

The young women of Newsweek took a look at an old problem: sexism. We’re encouraged and support their efforts, because America is going backwards — compared to other countries in the world — in what we assumed was an inevitable march towards gender equity.

Our rank in the Global Economic Forum’s Gender Equity report is falling. Globally we are 31 overall but 61 in political representation.

Yes, the challenges of home and family remain strong for Americanwomen, but much research confirms that men are more involved in housework and child-rearing than ever before. When we add up time at work, time in childrearing and time on housework, surveys say the genders are in parity with hours invested.

Even at the top end, female M.B.A.s make $4,600 less per year in their first job out of business school, according to a new Catalyst study. Motherhood has long been the explanation for the persistent pay gap, yet a decade out of college, full-time working women who haven’t had children still make 77 cents on the male dollar. As women increasingly become the breadwinners in this recession, bringing home 23 percent less bacon hurts families more deeply than ever before. “The last decade was supposed to be the ‘promised one,’ and it turns out it wasn’t,” says James Turley, the CEO of Ernst & Young, a funder of the recent M.B.A. study. “This is a wake-up call.” via Newsweek

Something more important is going on. Perhaps in a country where women in 2010 constitute only 16% of our elected officials in Washington and the Catholic bishops — yes, with the support of some women — want to overturn Roe vs Wade, America is actually a gender-relations battle ground once again.

We believe the fight is for real, but to date, the younger women haven’t agreed or aren’t interested. Meanwhile, patriarchal forces that want to be certain that women are married and producing the correct number of babies to sustain the religion, know what they must do.

Let’s see: men can’t have babies but they can fill jobs at work. America lives in a job creation crisis. Fill in the blanks, ladies. If you think men are staying home indefinitely, think again.

Yes, we know that women are more educated, but females are more educated in progressive countries the Middle East. Yet, they don’t have jobs.

Just as nations fight for prestige and patrimony, so do men. If I were a man, I wouldn’t turn over all my rights so gladly. Many American men are deeply resentful of women’s progress and tired of being pushed around.

Women’s ambition and pursuit of individuality have cost the country big-time, in their opinion. Their best vision of America does not have women in the corner office.

Let me put the issue to you succinctly, my dear young women. You retain the rights you protect and fight for. While you decide if there’s a real problem here, some well-connected, highly-influential men are trying to put you back where you belong. So far, you’re dropping like flies in terms of believing there’s anything to worry about.

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Elusive 'Extinct' Ghost Orchid Shows Up in Britain

The most elusive, mysterious, rare and precious wildflower in Britain has reappeared after an absence of 23 years. Called extinct, Britain’s ghost orchid has declared ‘not so fast, gentlemen. I have more living to do.’

The Independent reports that the appearance of the ghost orchid as ‘electrified’ the British botanical community. Behaving more like a fungus than a flower, the ghost orchid has no green leaves, doesn’t depend on photosynthesis at all, and doesn’t manufacture her own food.

Visions of her devoted suitor Mark Jannik, owner of a motorbike company in Malvern, Worcestershire, combing endless sites in search of his orchid love, causes our hearts to tighten in response.

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Chemical in Bananas Identified As Potent AIDS Inhibitor

At a time when the rate of new infections of HIV is outpacing the rate of new individuals getting anti-retroviral drugs by 2.5 to 1; and with no vaccine in sight; and with AIDs being the top killer of women worldwide; and with the Vatican refusing to allow condoms as protection for women with HIV-infected husbands (urging abstinence instead), Mother Nature has just delivered an AIDS-related speed ball of potentially epic proportions to researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School.

In laboratory tests, BanLec, the lectin found in bananas, was as potent as two current anti-HIV drugs. Based on the findings published March 19 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, BanLec may become a less expensive new component of applied vaginal microbicides, researchers say.

David Marvovitz, M.D., professor of internal medicine at the U-M Medical School, confirms that condoms, when used correctly, are most successful in preventing AIDS infection, when used correctly.

“That’s particularly true in developing countries where women have little control over sexual encounters so development of a long-lasting, self-applied microbicide is very attractive,” Markovitz says.

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Walmart, P&G Announce New Green Initiatives

Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer remains a key leader in environmental initiatives, announcing two weeks ago that it would cut 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chain by the end of 2015 — the equivalent of removing more than 3.8 million cars from the road for one year.

“Energy efficiency and carbon reduction are central issues in the world today,” said Mike Duke, Walmart president and CEO. “We’ve been working to make a difference in these areas, both in our own footprint and our supply chain. We know that we have an opportunity to do more and the capacity to do more.” via Walmart

Walmart collaborated with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to develop this approach that looks at the supply chain on a global scale. Other members of the external advisory team include PricewaterhouseCoopers, ClearCarbon Inc., the Carbon Disclosure Project and the Applied Sustainability Center (ASC) at the University of Arkansas. This team will identify projects, quantify reductions, engage suppliers and ensure proper procedures are followed for each GHG reduction claim.

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Netanyahu or Livni | It's Time to Stand Up, Be Counted

Israel’s ambassador to Washington was quoted today as saying that the US and Israel are in a ‘crisis of historic proportions’, a 35-year low. The remarks seem to reference US pressure in 1975 for an Israeli redeployment in the Egyptian Sinai, occupied by Israel and the site of renewed fighting in 1973.

Netanyahu’s coalition government relies on the settlers for its existence. Without the settlers, Livni would be Israel’s prime minister and we would be moving forward in the peace talks.

“I think that Netanyahu is at a moment of truth,” says Gideon Doron, a political science professor at Tel Aviv University. “He has to choose whether or not he wants to ignite the forces for peace, or whether he’ll go against the US and play for time. He can’t do that. It’s suicide.” via Christian Science Monitor

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni of the Kadima party, says that Netanyahu ‘is leading us to a diplomatic collapse.’

Most people believed that Livni would become Israel’s next Prime Minister in Fall 2009 elections, but she fell short of forming her government, after winning the most popular votes.

Livni is a pragmist but she doesn’t sleep with an opposition that will overpower her.

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